Press release from Ripley County Sheriff's Office
The Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles
(Versailles, Ind.) - The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ripley County Emergency Management Agency (RCEMA) and the Indiana Sate Police Emergency Response Team (ISP ERT), trained for an active shooter in the Ripley County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 16.
Active Shooter trainings are not new to the Sheriff’s Office. Since Sheriff Grills came into Office in 2007, he has become an active shooter instructor, has had several deputies trained to be active shooter instructors, hosted multiple training sessions for law enforcement, fire and EMS, along with civilian training classes over the years.
The Sheriff worked with administration of the Indiana State Police in 2008 so his office could train with ISP’s Emergency Response Team.
Sheriff Grills noted, “In an active shooter scenario, there will be multiple agencies respond. Therefore, we need to train together as often as possible to learn each others behaviors, response issues, how each other works, and what resources each agency can bring to the table. It is easier to discuss issues now, than try to decide in the ‘heat of the moment,’ although you can never ultimately be prepared for what may happen. I have arranged for the FBI to come in August to offer training to Police, Fire, and EMS in the observance of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in an Active Shooter scenario as well.”
Patrick Rose, RCEMA Director, was onsite to help with floor plans, video surveillance, and other various building issues related to the training.
The Sheriff’s Office has trained in all the schools in Ripley County, and the Sheriff has met with school officials, and private corporations, in the past on various topics related to emergency response.
“We all need to communicate and prepare together so that our community is safer. I applaud Gov. Pence and ISP Supt. Doug Carter for promoting the effort of the school response plans, and it takes everyone, even the public, to report behaviors and keep law enforcement apprised of social media threats, face-to-face threats, private sector complaints, etc.,” concluded the Sheriff.
If you, or anyone you know, has information on any suspicious activuty or serious threat to public saftey, you are encouraged to reach out to any law enforcement agency to report it.